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‘Once Upon a Time’ Has a Consent Problem

December 7, 2017 // 1 Comment

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For seven seasons, Once Upon a Time has grouped together packs of fairytale characters and allowed us to catch a glimpse of how they interact, solve problems, and slay monsters (both real and internal ones). We have seen characters find love, experience heartbreak, deal with self-doubt, find and lose their magic, and literally kill dragons. And when dealing with magic, Once Upon a Time has showed us that some villains put on disguises to get something out of another character that they //

Making The Switch from Fanfiction To Original Fiction

November 28, 2017 // 2 Comments

Many fanfiction writers come up against obstacles, AUs that just won’t work or a plot point that veers too far out of character. I have quickly realised, however, that these obstacles are nothing compared to the task of coming out of fanfiction and beginning to write original fiction. Points I hadn’t even considered about writing had suddenly appeared and I started to worry if I was completely out of my depth. I tried to search for anyone in the same situation and found nothing out //

How to Win NaNoWriMo

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

pink letters fall from the fridge to the floor
So you’ve decided to do it. Every November, during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for short), hundreds of thousands of writers across the globe pledge their fealty to the writer gods and commit to writing a novel in one month. 50,000 words in 30 days. 1667 per day. And I’m not going to lie to you. It’s hard. Really hard. But you can do it. I know this because I’ve done it. In the past two years, I’ve gone from writing as an occasional hobby to punching out over half a //

Star Trek’s Economic Model — Fantasy or Future?

October 17, 2017 // 2 Comments

A small model of the U.S.S. Enterprise starship from Star Trek
One of the most well-known facts about Star Trek is that human beings no longer collect paychecks, and they aren’t obsessed with the consumption of material things. Now, most people hear this statement and assume that everything in Star Trek is free and that you can have anything you want. While that is technically true, it’s not how things unfold in the future. But, why is that? Well, in the absence of a currency-centric economy, humans of the future are shown to be focused on //

Fairy-tale Reboot: ‘Once Upon a Time’ is Back With a Ton of New Stories

October 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Once Upon a Time is back at last! After a five month hiatus, the hit fairy tale series is coming back to television for its seventh season and almost everything has changed. (Don’t freak out!) Henry Mills, the little nugget we were all introduced to in season one, is now all grown up and has decided to look into the other books he found in the Sorcerer’s mansion. Since his family’s book is now closed and everyone got their happy ending (or beginning), he is looking for a new adventure. //

Is There Such Thing as “Required Reading” for Shipping?

October 2, 2017 // 2 Comments

Fan art of Dean Winchester holding a hand-written letter from Castiel.
“Saving people, hunting things, the family business.” Dean Winchester’s tagline in “Wendigo” (1×02) is one of the most iconic and memorable lines from the CW’s Supernatural. It sets up the series for a wild ride of horror, heartbreak, and eventually, heavenly interference. Speaking of heavenly interference, Castiel’s revelation to Dean in “Lazarus Rising” (4×01) — “I’m the one who gripped you tight and raised you from //

10 Sherlock Fics Sadder than “Alone on the Water”

September 8, 2017 // 2 Comments

So, I read a lot of fanfiction. I’ve been reading it since the seventh grade. One time in high school I tried to read it while driving. Needless to say, I have a lot of experience (and therefore a lot of fic recs) under my belt. Some time ago, I was venting on Tumblr about what is usually considered the epitome of Sherlock angst fic, a oneshot called “Alone on the Water” by Mad_Lori. Sherlock gets cancer, his mind deteriorates, John’s there when he dies. It is widely known //

The Hannibal Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree: When Fans and Creators Converge

September 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

It’s hard to put numbers on a fandom. Different social media platforms, inevitable overlap, and the fact that plenty of fans don’t participate, make it hard to say how many Fannibals (Hannibal fans) there are. Based on educated estimates, and the fact that NBC’s Hannibal was a fairly niche show, we know we are comparatively pretty small. That’s understandable for a ‘dead’ fandom, two years after cancellation. However, the obsession with the Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter //

A Parting of the Ways: Hogwarts Didn’t Always Teach Muggle Studies

August 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hands cupping magic smoke.
If you’re steeped in the lore of the Harry Potter universe, the dichotomies are familiar: quill and keyboard, owl and postal service, scroll and tablet, witch and Muggle. As a reader and writer of historical fiction, these paradoxes immediately invited me to look backward through time to where the differences between the Muggle and magical worlds were less stark. Before the Statute of Secrecy, wizards and Muggles mingled more. Their split would have been pushed along by three historical //

Will Riverdale’s Faux-Progressivism Continue in Season Two?

August 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Not every story is what it seems. When the teaser for season one of the CW’s Riverdale first appeared, audiences were intrigued and delighted by the cornucopia of progressiveness. The cast, while still predominantly white, suggested an attempt on the CW’s part to cast minorities — Ashleigh Murray (Josie) and her Pussycats are black women, Ross Butler (Reggie) is Asian-American, Camila Mendes (Veronica) is Latina. Furthermore, the teaser highlighted a fleeting kiss between Betty and //